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  • Talent and generosity are needed to recognize talent and generosity in our companions; all is discord to an ear that has no idea of harmonies, but it needs a musical ear to delight in music.

  • ... the less you respect, the less respectable you are; the less you honor, the less in you is to be honored. There are those 'whom not to know argues one's self unknown,' so if you have no reverence in a world where there is so much that is noble and venerable, then there will be something terrible lacking in your own character.

  • It is one mark of a superior mind to understand and be influenced by the superiority of others.

  • Of all the qualities of a gracious life, appreciation is the most essential. When we're conscious of all the good and beautiful things and people in our lives, not judging, but living in continuous gratitude, we're free to connect with the great, timeless truth. When we show appreciation, we're recognizing the divinity within us, our true identity.

  • The world is always a new plaything to children, while to the old it seems falling to pieces from sheer dryness. Everything loses its value with time, but it is not the fault of the fruit, but of the mouth and the tongue.

  • ... one is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.

  • We are born either to create or to appreciate someone who does.

  • ... we never know the blessings bestowed on us until we are separated from the possession of them.

  • The power of admiring whatever is deserving of admiration, the nice and quick perception of the beautiful and the true, is one of the highest and noblest of our faculties, born of taste, and knowledge, and wisdom, or rather it is taste, and wisdom, and knowledge, in one rare and great combination.

  • Since I have felt the sense of death, / Since I have borne its dread, its fear — Oh, how my life has grown more dear / Since I have felt the sense of death! / Sorrows are good, and cares are small, / Since I have known the loss of all.

    • Helen Hoyt,
    • "Since I Have Felt the Sense of Death," in Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson, eds., The New Poetry ()
  • I've never yet met a person who didn't want to be appreciated ...

  • Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret.

  • There are two things that people want more than sex and money — recognition and praise.

  • We never know the full value of a thing until we lose it.

  • ... it is far better to appreciate and not to possess, than to possess and not to appreciate.